24 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

24 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

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24 days in California & Las Vegas Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly + Bus:  10​h
1
Santa Monica
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
San Diego
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Yosemite National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
San Francisco
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Las Vegas
— 3 nights
Fly + Foot:  41​h
End: New York City

2
nights
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Visit Santa Monica Pier and Ocean Avenue for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Santa Monica Beach and Santa Monica Mountains. Take a break from Santa Monica with a short trip to Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Montana Avenue, look for gifts at Magicopolis, examine the collection at The Getty Villa, and get a taste of the local shopping with Rodeo Drive.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Santa Monica online holiday builder .

New York City to Santa Monica is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Santa Monica, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. September in Santa Monica sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to San Diego.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Rodeo Drive, The Getty Villa, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier

3
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Get some cultural insight at USS Midway Museum and San Diego Model Railroad Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Maritime Museum of San Diego and Timken Museum of Art. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at La Jolla Cove, identify plant and animal life at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, and stroll through Mission Beach Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the San Diego trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Santa Monica to San Diego takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. September in San Diego sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Carmel.

Things to do in San Diego

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
USS Midway Museum ©
USS Midway Museum
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve ©
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): kick back and relax at Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach, then admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos State Reserve, and then stop by The Cheese Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Asilomar State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Breakwater, then pause for some serene contemplation at San Carlos Cathedral, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Del Monte Beach.

For photos and tourist information, use the Carmel day trip app .

Do a combination of flight and bus from San Diego to Carmel in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from San Diego in September, with highs in Carmel at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Monterey, Asilomar State Beach
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Carmel River State Beach ©
Carmel River State Beach

4
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Point and Tuolumne Meadows. Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring nature at Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite National Park. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, explore the world behind art at Yosemite Museum Gallery, and take in the dramatic natural features at Lembert Dome.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Yosemite National Park day trip app .

You can drive from Carmel to Yosemite National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Carmel in September since evenings lows in Yosemite National Park dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Elizabeth Lake ©
Elizabeth Lake
Tuolumne Meadows ©
Tuolumne Meadows

6
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Head to Union Square and Ferry Plaza Farmers Marketfor plenty of shopping. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at China Beach and Marshall’s Beach. When in San Francisco, make a side trip to see Rockaway Beach in Pacifica, approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, take a stroll through SoMa, explore the engaging exhibits at Exploratorium, and take in the views from Golden Gate Bridge.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Francisco online visit planner .

You can drive from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and subway. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yosemite National Park in September since evenings lows in San Francisco dip to 17°C. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rockaway Beach
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

3
nights
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum and then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Strip.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Las Vegas route maker website .

You can fly from San Francisco to Las Vegas in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Las Vegas: highs are around 39°C and lows about 25°C. On the 3rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
The Strip ©
The Strip
The Mob Museum ©
The Mob Museum

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